As the deceit of the limo-jet-caviar congestion of Copenhagen grinds that city into the forefront of an international tragedy, there will be no mention of humanity's biggest challenge. Political correctness amongst the 15,000 attendees and the attendant fawning media will ignore the irony of this self-serving and bloated spectacle. They will be excused their extravagance and their obscene carbon footprint, culminated with the arrival of President Obama on Air Force One, and his unsparing entourage. Political correctness and economic forces will prevent discussion on the root cause of stress on the earth's oceans, air, forests, rivers, and lakes. No one in Copenhagen will breathe a word about the world's population.
The Copenhagen conference is a United Nations gambit using fear of global warming as the apocalyptic Armageddon that will squeeze hundreds of billions of dollars from the United States and Canada, and will redistribute the cash as it sees fit. Copenhagen is not a conference intended to clean up our environment.
Obviously all third world countries run by dictators, as well as the very few who aren't, will clamor for consensus. Why wouldn't they? More cash means more Bentleys and Escalades, another mansion or two, as well as a shipload of arms to maintain power. When you don't care about your own people, but strive to retain absolute power over them with brute force, the least of your concerns is a distraction from foreign fanatics with a cause, but if it's going to fill your coffers, . . . bring it on. Countries such as China and Russia with a wink and a nod will continue on course, unrattled or swayed by anything the international community has to say, yet surprisingly, they are the only two whose populations are shrinking.
The only world leader who seems to have kept his wits about him is Canada's Steven Harper. He is the only leader who has remained cool to jumping onto the Copenhagen climate change boondoggle. He appears to be the only one cognizant of the fact that Copenhagen will not clean up the air and will only drag his taxpayers into deeper taxation. Obama, on the other hand, seems oblivious. Obama's Cap And Trade program should remain right where it is, " nowhere, and taxpayers should remain skeptical, unlike too many scientists who appear to be closing the books on the supposedly "settled science" of climate change. Absolute certainty, . . . um, is that another term for scientific stupidity? Does that not grate on the "scientific method?" Is this an example of progress toward truth?
Attention should be brought to addressing the world's continuing population explosion. The Earth's population has now crossed over 6.8 billion, rapidly getting to 7 billion in 2011. Let's note that there were only 2.5 billion of us in 1950.
It is reasonable for each individual to have the right to enjoy a positive and fruitful life. Unfortunately, there is a reality that comes with each life here on Earth - each of us requires sustenance and each of us "processes" more or less of the abundance nature makes available. There is only so much we can process in the aggregate before nature's support system stresses beyond its ability to sustain our needs, never mind our wants. The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is one of thousands of examples around the globe of the overburden we have imposed. Technology does not hold the magical answer to sustenance for our ever-burgeoning numbers, and technology will not bring an end to our abundant polluting. Even if we all lived in an Amazon of windmill trees, we would still choke the life out of nature around us.
Beyond the domain of political correctness, lives the game of economics, and the simple fact that the greater the number of people, the more there are consumers. Consumption supplies the fuel for economic growth - growth in products, goods, services and above all growth in the money supply. Growth in global population accelerates the concentration of wealth at the top of the economic food chain. Don't expect the political or economic leadership to touch the population concern.
The only answer lies in the dissemination of as much education as possible, which will bring positive affect so that a bigger percentage of the earth's population can exist beyond just the daily struggle to minimally survive. We should call for a World Population Conference, instead of a Copenhagen Climate Change conference, to be convened within a couple of years before the population trend irreversibly crashes into the brick wall of ignorance.
James Raider writes The Pacific Gate Post